Briefs, March 11, 2013
General sees challenge in anti-graft battle
It is inevitable challenges will arise in the course of an anti-corruption campaign, particularly from interest groups, a People's Liberation Army representative to the National People's Congress said yesterday. Liu Yuan, political commissar of the PLA's General Logistics Department, who led an anti-corruption push a year ago, said there had been "great improvement" in the army's anti-graft campaign, but added some media reports may not be accurate. Minnie Chan
HK milk formula limit 'mars free market'
He Wei, vice-chairman of the Chinese Peasants' and Workers' Democratic Party, questioned on the sidelines of the NPC session yesterday why Hong Kong recently limited how much infant milk formula people can take across the border to the mainland. "It's against the free-market spirit, while Hong Kong is a world-famous free port," he said. "When demand is big, increase supply to meet it. It's too harsh to imprison violators." Jane Cai
Beijing officials 'escape censure on toxic drugs'
Qian Jianmin, an NPC delegate and mayor of Shaoxing, Zhejiang, criticised senior officials from various central government departments, saying they were not held accountable for a scandal last year involving toxic medicine capsules. The story was exposed by China Central Television in April and resulted in at least seven Shaoying officials being punished, but none from Beijing. He also said no central officials had apologised. Minnie Chan
Mobile phone chief 'laments spam penalty'
Zhejiang Mobile general manager Zhong Tianhua, an NPC delegate, said he had been the victim of a leak involving his personal information, including his cellphone number, and that he had received several spam messages as a result, the Xinmin Evening News reports. He said that there was little deterrent for such actions. Minnie Chan